The first staging of The Digital Swiss 5 was organized by the UCI WorldTour stage race Tour de Suisse and Velon, an association of cycling teams. The race was related to the cancellation of the 2020 Tour de Suisse due to the COVID 19 pandemic.
Three cyclists from each of the UCI WorldTeams started, with the exception of Astana Pro Team, Cofidis and UAE Team Emirates, plus the UCI ProTeams Rally Cycling and Total Direct Énergie and a national team from Swiss Cycling. Teams could change riders from day to day, so it was not an E stage race, but a series of E one-day races. Therefore, there was no individual overall ranking.
Unlike road cycling and other online platforms, the Rouvy online training platform on which the competitions took place does not offer slipstreaming, so they are effectively e-single time trials.
THE TEAMS AND THEIR DRIVERS
Czech company ROUVY is one of the most popular indoor training software solution providers in the cycling community. ROUVY distinguishes itself from other providers thanks to realistic representations of the track simulations. These are based on real video footage of the routes. In addition to a variety of existing routes such as the Furka Pass, the Stelvio or other cycling classics, ROUVY also offers a wide range of virtual events for the benefit of its user community.